Is there anything in the world that matches that heart-stopping, gut-wrenching feeling of being surprised by a spider? Even though most spiders are harmless and generally keep to themselves, their presence can still be a shock to your system!
We’ll get on top of spider removal right away because you likely don’t feel all that comfortable sharing your home with a bunch of eight-legged friends.
We Treat for Spiders With the Following Treatment Packages:
Our spider pest control process begins with a thorough inspection of your home for evidence of typical pests — and on the Sunshine Coast to North Brisbane, spiders are always on this checklist. We treat the exterior perimeter of your home first and then move to your skirting boards along the interior perimeter of your home. We always use professional grade products to be sure we are applying the right strength to control spiders properly.
The technician who performs your spider removal as part of a pest control treatment package will also be on the look-out for any evidence of webbing! As with all of our packages, we perform a fine dust treatment as well around water sources and other hard to reach areas, such as underneath cabinets, drains, hinges, and in laundry areas.
Do You Have Spiders You Want To Get Rid Of?
Why Are Spiders Such a Problem?
Many people are afraid of spiders. Thinking about sharing a home with spiders can keep some people awake, give them nightmares, or just take away the feeling of comfort that they should always have in their home. Spiders are an unwelcome intruder in your home because:
- Female spiders spin webs to capture their prey — these webs are unsightly and will alarm you, your family, and visitors to your home. Spiders spin webs quickly! A new one can turn up overnight!
- Most spiders inject venom into their pray to paralyse them, so they can easily consume their meal.
- Some spiders have jaws and fangs that are large enough to pierce the skin of humans. These bites can be very painful and at times even toxic.
- Spider bites can become infected, cause necrosis to surrounding tissue, and even threaten human lives.
- Spiders can also transfer harmful bacteria from human-to-human through their bites.
Get in touch to prevent a spider or two from becoming a huge spider problem! It’s important to us that you feel safe in your home.
“Fun” Spider Facts
- Spiders tend to be nocturnal. They hunt, spin webs, and feed during the night. During the day, most spiders will hide, so you may be unaware that you’re sharing your home with spiders.
- They are carnivorous and also cannibals. Females will eat males, and competing males will eat one another.
- Spiders will become more active after heavy rain, as their ground nests may be washed out and they will be in search of new shelter (in your home!).
- There are two types of spiders: webbing or crawling. Each type has different habits and different methods for hunting and/or trapping their prey.
What Are the Common Spider Species in Our Area?
The varying spider species are so numerous that listing them would be of no advantage. However, the spiders that are toxic to humans may be of more concern. Here are a select few:
Sydney and Northern Rivers Funnel Web Spider
This spider is around 30mm long and is black with fine reddish hairs. They live in silk funnel webs often on or in the ground. This spider is very aggressive and its bite is toxic to humans. If bitten, the following symptoms may be seen and medical attention should be sought: pain and numbness to site of bite, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating and collapse, excess salivation, difficulty breathing, cramps and pain in lower abdomen, confusion, twitching of facial muscles, and finally coma.
Sydney Brown Trapdoor Spider
This spider is not considered as aggressive as the funnel web, nor is it toxic to humans. However, its bite is extremely painful. They live on or in the ground and use leaf litter as a trap door to their web.
This spider is mottled grey and brown with a Union Jack appearance on its abdomen. Some may render a toxic bite to humans which will be painful for a short period of time.
The male spider is small, only 3mm and the female is a lot larger around 12mm. This spider is black and some have a red stripe on their dorsal surface. This spider’s bite is very toxic to humans, but only the females bite. The following symptoms may be seen: stinging at site (although no bite marks may be noticed), swelling and paleness at site, stiffness around bite area, pain and inability to move limb of bite site, weakness, sweating, nausea, and vomiting.
Black House Spider
The female spider is around 18mm and is dark brown to black. She tends to spin webs in sheds, toilets, and around windows and guttering. Although she is not aggressive, a bite from this spider is toxic and will cause pain, nausea, and sweating.
This spider has a long thorax around 18mm. Its abdomen is grey to black with a white mark on the end of its abdomen. It is not aggressive, and is often found in bathrooms. A bite from this spider will leave a painful blister which will slowly kill the surrounding tissue and may require hospitalisation.
Orb weaving spiders such as Garden Orb-weaving, St Andrews Cross, Leaf-curling, and Golden-orb are not known to be toxic to humans. They do not tend to be aggressive and are more inclined to shy away from humans.
Things You Can Do to Control Spiders
Please keep in mind that while you take precautionary steps, you simply cannot control nature! We will never completely get rid of spiders from outdoor areas.
- Mow your lawn regularly and don’t let your gardens become overgrown. Long grass gives more cover for inspects — spiders included!
- Use a broom or high powered hose to remove spider webs right when you first see them. Keep an eye on your clothes lines, bin storage area (check the handles!), eaves, and pergolas.
- If you keep your home neat and tidy, you’ll attract less pests in general, which means there will be less prey for the spiders to feed on. You can also consider installing fly screens in your home, so spiders aren’t attracted to the flies that end up inside your home.
- To keep yourself safer from toxic bites, wear gloves when gardening, and when handling soil and rubbish.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders
How often do you have to spray for spiders?
You need to treat your home for spiders every 12 months. Our Deluxe Pest Control and Supreme Pest Packages come with a pest free guarantee which means we will ensure you are spider free inside your home for 12 months. Unfortunately all available pest products will break down outside after 6 months. So if you have a zero tolerance for spiders you should consider getting a deluxe external rejuvenation 6 months after your initial service.
How long before the spider treatment takes effect?
During our pest control service, our technician will spot treat any spiders identified during the inspection, which will have an immediate effect. Any spiders not identified, or who enter your home after our treatment, will come in contact with the residual product and will die within a few days.
What kinds of spiders do you treat?
We treat every kind of spider! If you have a spider, we will treat it!